High School Sports

Living up to his name: Lee leads JFK defense

The opportunity to win a state title has always eluded the Lee family, who have been closely associated with the John F. Kennedy athletics program for decades. However, that chance to reach the top of the mountain may become a reality on Saturday, as Eagles standout linebacker Ryan Lee will ...

Lakeview earns first win, beats Champion

CHAMPION — The Lakeview girls basketball team didn’t have an easy path through its first two games. The Bulldogs put rival Champion through the same ringer they’d been through just days earlier with a 56-40 win at Champion on Monday night. It was the Bulldogs’ first victory ...

Lynn, Hunter lead Fitch over Hubbard

AUSTINTOWN — Natalie Lynn had 11 of her 14 points in the first half as Austintown Fitch beat Hubbard, 47-15, Tuesday. Sabria Hunter had 10 of her 12 points in the first half as well. Fitch led 23-3 after one quarter. Abbie DeLuco led Hubbard with five points. MAPLEWOOD 46, HEARTLAND ...

Howland’s Williams leads D-III, IV All-Ohio area players

COLUMBUS — Howland’s Victor Williams, the Northeast Inland Defensive Player of the Year in Division III, was named to the first-team, All-Ohio defense in the same division. Teammate Stephen Baugh was named to the third-team, All-Ohio defense. The pair were the mainstay linebackers on a ...

JFK’s Bayuk reaches first state final game of coaching career

THERE are things Jeff Bayuk doesn’t forget. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000. Canton Fawcett Stadium. More than 16 years ago, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium was the site of a Division III, Region 9 final between Hubbard and Copley. Bayuk, who spent 16 seasons at Hubbard, slowly developed ...

WGH’s Bowden named Trumbull’s best

By the end of the 2016 high school football regular season, Warren G. Harding quarterback Lynn Bowden had put together quite a season. In fact, it was good enough — 1,824 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, 879 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, plus nine punt or kickoff returns for ...

Lordstown’s run too much for Bristol in opening NAC contest

LORDSTOWN — The Lordstown Red Devils girls basketball team won its Northeastern Athletic Conference opener over the Bristol Panthers, 48-22, thanks to an 18-0 run that started late in the first half and lasted through most of the third quarter. “I told them to start taking away ...

Raiders’ senior named D2’s offensive POY

COLUMBUS — The Associated Press selected Warren G. Harding senior quarterback Lynn Bowden as their Division II offensive player of the year. Bowden, finished his senior year with more than 2,000 rushing yards (2,288) and 36 rushing TDs. He threw for 1,319 yards, 19 touchdowns and three ...

Mineral Ridge’s Harkins scores 42 points in victory

EAST PALESTINE — Mineral Ridge’s freshman Alexa Harkins scored 42 points in Monday’s 61-53 victory over East Palestine. She was 18-of-29 from free-throw line. Mineral Ridge had 52 free-throw attempts, in a game that featured 87. Sadie Walker scored 22 points for the Bulldogs, as she ...

JFK coach more than an assistant

WARREN — There’s a familiarity factor every coach has with his staff. John F. Kennedy football coach Jeff Bayuk knows this quite well. Rod Greenamyer, 51, is such a person. “It’s nice to have somebody that will challenge some of the things you think, and some of the things they ...

Blue Storm roars into state final

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The John F. Kennedy defense has faced threats all season, but none like the one that was presented to them in Ohio’s first 4,000-yard rusher heading into the Division VII state semifinal. The Eagles thwarted that threat the way they have all others this season in ...

Ursuline tops Tigers in tournament final

HOWLAND — The Ursuline Irish made 22 of 39 free throws to win the Toni Ross Spirit Foundation Tournament championship with a 58-50 win over host Howland Saturday night. Dayshanette Harris led the way with 17 points, while Desheney Goodnight made three 3-pointers and seven free throws on her ...

Fall sports all-stars

Football ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE GOLD TIER ¯ Player of the year: Lynn Bowden, Warren G. Harding First Team Offense Offensive Line Dan Angelo    Jr.    Warren G. Harding Nick Bush    Jr.    Austintown Fitch Alec Greathouse    Sr.    Austintown Fitch Taj ...

Returning to glory

John F. Kennedy’s Jake Coates has wanted it all his life. A shot to win a state title is within reach, as he and the Eagles are one win away from appearing in the Division VII state championship game. They first must get past Harvest Prep in a semifinal game tonight in New ...

Running to contact

If you’re an opposing defensive player going up against the John F. Kennedy offense, watch out, or else you might just get run over. The Eagles’ leading rusher, senior Evan Boyd, is known to plow a few guys over. And while Boyd may only be listed at six-foot, 185 pounds, you’d never ...

Back on the floor

NORTH BLOOMFIELD — Bloomfield High School hasn’t had a girls basketball team for several seasons. If girls at the school wanted to play basketball, they had to be part of the boys team. This year, a new athletic director and coach Brandy Dunbar made things happen for the girls who wanted ...

Goals remain the same

Coming off a 23-4 season that included a Division I district championship, the Warren G. Harding Raiders will be missing a big part of their recent success, graduated point guard Gabe Simpson. Harding returns 6-foot-10 senior post Derek Culver, a West Virginia commit, but will miss Simpson ...

The usual suspects

The All-American Conference has plenty of talented area teams in girls basketball. Three such clubs are Lakeview, Howland and Newton Falls. All three amassed at least 20 wins last season and return a good portion of their teams this season. Newton Falls did lose Trumbull County Coaches ...

New JFK coach patiently waits for football players

Though the John F. Kennedy boys basketball team returns nine lettermen from last year, several of them are involved on the football team which plays in the state semifinals this weekend, and thus are not available for practice. That’s not an ideal situation for a first-year coach, but Mark ...

Boys basketball team capsules

WARREN G. HARDING ¯ COACH: Andy Vlajkovich; fifth year, 69-31 ¯ LAST YEAR: 23-4, won Division I district title; lost 49-43 to Garfield Heights in regional semifinal ¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier ¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Derek Culver, Lynn Bowden, Tiryn Frank, ...